Inside Travel: Understanding the latest technology and industry trend insights

Find it hard to keep track with all the latest insights into business trends, new products and technology advancements in the travel sector? The Blue Swan Daily provides you with an update on some of the key stories from the past week.

  • Sabre celebrates release of its industry-first lodging innovation
  • Traveldoo launches new ‘Insight’ business intelligence module with interactive dashboards and dynamic reporting
  • ACI’s new sustainability strategy guides airports towards enhanced societal value
  • Rentals United becomes connectivity partner for Google’s holiday rental search
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises reveals refurbished Seven Seas Navigator
  • AND FINALLY… Half of Britons don’t feel comfortable taking annual leave

Sabre celebrates release of its industry-first lodging innovation

Sabre Corporation announces the release of Sabre Content Services for Lodging. This new solution will power agency and corporate booking tools, integrating traditional GDS content from hoteliers alongside content from Booking.com, Bedsonline, and Expedia Partner Solutions. Travel buyers can shop and book over one million property options from multiple sources in a single screen under the new product. Sabre says the solution “provides access to more options and a more consistent shopping experience to include the way content is displayed at the room and rate level”. Meanwhile, the API-driven solution will deliver “more efficiency and revenue with increased lodging choice, as well as improved capabilities to better manage preferred content,” it says. The new API capabilities will soon be incorporated across all Sabre points of sale including Sabre Red 360 and GetThere. Additional API enhancements will be added to Content Services for Lodging into 2020.


Traveldoo launches new ‘Insight’ business intelligence module with interactive dashboards and dynamic reporting

Traveldoo, the travel and expense technology company of Expedia Group, is launching Traveldoo Insight. Powered by Tableau, the new feature will offer Interactive dashboards and dynamic reporting tailored to user roles. For Traveldoo’s clients this will mean access to uniquely flexible analytics that it says can actively inform business strategy and aid in measuring and monitoring KPIs needed to evaluate if travel and expense (T&E) objectives are being realised. From travel managers to financial controllers, HR divisions to travel management companies (TMCs), Traveldoo says users can now go beyond the numbers to fully explore T&E spend and processes, to optimise decision-making and efficiencies within the business.


ACI’s new sustainability strategy guides airports towards enhanced societal value

As society increasingly demands more inclusive business models and corporate culture, the concept of sustainability has gone beyond a purely environmental focus to include wider social and economic aspects as well. At its recent 29th Europe Annual Congress in Cyprus, airport body ACI Europe launched the first ever comprehensive Sustainability Strategy for the airport industry. Airports are a key interface between a wide range of aviation and non-aviation stakeholders – providing essential connectivity services to their communities. They are also the ambassadors of aviation on the ground, and often on the frontline of aviation’s externalities. This gives them the opportunity to be role models and encourage transformational change beyond their own remits, according to ACI Europe. “Times have changed. Economic disruption, rising inequality, depleted resources, new societal values and political dynamics mean that airport operators are facing a new imperative: putting their societal purpose at the heart of their business strategy. This is about embracing a new Business-to-People paradigm,” explains Olivier Jankovec, director general, ACI Europe. The ACI Europe Sustainability Strategy is based on following a shared vision of the sustainable airport of the future. This is that “every airport builds local and global partnerships to accelerate the journey towards fair, prosperous and environmentally responsible societies”. It also relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Reporting Initiative. ACI Europe says it will regularly review and update the strategy, to ensure continued relevance and credibility.


Rentals United becomes connectivity partner for Google’s holiday rental search

Rentals United, the cloud-based channel manager and technology solution for the short-term rental industry, has announced that it has partnered with Google to help property managers worldwide connect their holiday rental inventory to Google’s Hotel search results. This partnership will give property managers working with Rentals United the option to be listed alongside hotels on Google Maps and Google Search as well as through established OTAs including Booking.com, HomeAway, TripAdvisor and Airbnb. With Rentals United’s Book Direct solution, property managers will have their listings automatically added to Google’s holiday rental search and guests will be able to book online via optimised listing pages provided by Rentals United at no extra cost. It is currently not possible for individual owners to directly upload their properties onto Google holiday rental search without a connectivity partner.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises reveals refurbished Seven Seas Navigator

Cruise provider Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled the Seven Seas Navigator following a two-week refurbishment in Brest, France. Notable enhancements to the intimate, 490-guest, all-suite ship include reimagined restaurants, lounges and public areas, a new look spa and reconfigured suites. The enhancements are the first on the ship since 2016.


AND FINALLY… Half of Britons don’t feel comfortable taking annual leave

A new study has uncovered  that 50% of Britons don’t feel comfortable requesting for time off and resulted in not taking their rightfully earned holiday allowance. This percentage is made up from: 38% said they are too busy at work; 7% said their boss doesn’t approve their holiday requests; and 5% said their colleagues would feel they weren’t contributing. However, there are also 50% claiming the reasons they didn’t use up their full holiday because they had nowhere to go (22%), don’t need that much holiday (19%) and enjoy work too much (8%). These are enlightening findings, especially as we see a rise in bleisure travel, but are not as you might imagine to be from an OTA or travel business, but come from tombola, an online bingo website!